Rigid Wipeable Plastic
We suggest the Rigid Wipeable Plastic, because it's lifespan is longer than the Rollable Wipeable. It's shipped in 4' wide sections, so you need a wall or a side of a building to mount it on, or a fence would work if it's a tight enough fence that the wind doesn't blow through it. We've also heard of clients building a wall. It works with Crayola Brand Washable Markers, or Crayola Brand Washable Paint, and wipes with water and sponge or hose.
Rollable Wipeable Plastic
We'd only suggest the Rollable Wipeable Plastic if you plan to move it around to several different locations. The Rollable Wipeable has glue joints, so the mural essentially comes to you in one piece. But note that the glue joints won't last forever, so you're trading longevity for the convenience of having it all in one piece with grommets (the Rigid has no glue joints). Also, the Rollable doesn't necessarily store smaller, as we don't recommend rolling it too tight for long periods (so the Rigid actually takes up less storage space).
Table Size Coloring Sheets
We have many farms and corn mazes the opt for our Table Size Coloring Sheets. It's a great activity that's simple to use. Just put the Table Sheets down on 8' tables and put some crayons out. Lots of people can color at a time, and it takes a long time to finish them. You could put a couple out each weekend.
Thoughts on How to Use Them
Design & Customization
We have hundreds of character sets---dozens of which feature farms and farm animals. For your design, we can mix and match any characters, animals, barns and background elements from any of our designs. Or, if you like, we can draw in some elements from your farm---your barns, pavilions, grandstands, activities, fair royalty, specific animals, etc. We can also place your logos and even your farm's mascot right into the design.
Do you have Christmas events on your grounds? A mural can help with your theming, and add great activity. To see some design ideas---In the design search, choose the "Holiday" tag!
Our recommendation for Fairs is to use our Rigid Wipeable Plastic, and mount it on a wall or side of a building on your grounds. You could also mount to a fence---if it's a tight slat fence that the wind does not blow through. Many farms we've worked with have built their own wall for this.
The Rigid Wipeable Mural is delivered in 4 ft wide sections. You can easily drill small holes in the Rigid material where you need them. Use small screws to mount to the wall behind it. You can use adhesives, but then it would likely be difficult to remove.
The photos show a mural on a stand, but our stand isn't built for long-term outdoor use.
Indoor/Outdoor---Paint vs. Markers
Our murals work with Crayola Brand Washable Markers, or Crayola Brand Washable Paint. Most farms we work with use the Markers, as it's cleaner, easier to manage, cheaper than paint, and easier to clean off. (However, paint is a lot of fun if you'd like to do that every once in a while!) If you're indoors, markers are likely your best option. Markers wipe off with water and sponge, or a hose if you have it. If you'd like to use it in an area where water can't hit the floor, you can, if you're careful, wipe it with sponge and trigger sprayer bottle.
Most farms we hear from use very minimal staffing to oversee the mural activity, they just have people working nearby who check in on it periodically. You want to keep people from using their own Sharpie-type markers.
Wiping It Down
Again, our Wipeable Murals work with Crayola Brand Washable Markers and Crayola Brand Washable Paint, and wipe off with just water and sponge. We highly recommend wiping it off every day to avoid staining. We've had some Family Entertainment Centers and small Theme Parks who wiped it every day get to 700 or 800 days of use. We don't recommend using any soaps or cleaning products. You can use a regular hose with a trigger sprayer, but absolutely do not use a pressure washer!
How Long Will It Last?
This varies, depending on how you use it, how you clean it, how you store it, and how much sun it gets. For the Rigid Plastic, we recommend cleaning it off at the end of every day, or at least every other day, to avoid residue buildup. We don't recommend leaving it out in the sun for extended periods. If you use it outdoors, try to use it in a shaded area, or at least out of direct sunlight, and put it in storage in your off-season.
We've had Family Entertainment Centers and small Theme Parks who used it every day of the year, and get to 700 or 800 days of use. We have a Rigid Plastic client from 2008 still using their mural every day for 12 weeks a year.
The Rollable Wipeable Plastic, however, will not have that longevity. The Rollable Plastic is also printed in 4 ft sections, but the sections are put together with a glue/adhesive. Those adhesive joints aren't going to last forever---we're seeing life in the range of two years before seeing some separation. Some clients have seen longer. (We've tried, but the Rollables really aren't repairable.)